STOCKHOLM, July 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The James M. Slater, MD Proton Treatment and Research Center at Loma Linda University Medical Center, US, has chosen the treatment planning system (TPS) RayStation®* to replace its existing systems for photon and proton therapy planning, following a tender process.
The James M. Slater, MD Proton Treatment and Research Center is a cutting-edge facility that focuses on using advanced technology to deliver the best possible patient care. The center has treated more than 17,500 proton patients, more than any other facility in the world.
To support the center's ongoing mission of providing the highest-level quality of patient care, a competitive RFP was published at the end of 2018. With several treatment delivery systems in house, the goal was to improve the continuity of care across all modalities and introduce advanced treatment approaches. RayStation will be used in combination with photon and proton therapy systems from Varian, Siemens and Optivus.
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The technology configuration includes many of the advanced and unique RayStation features, including multi-criteria optimization (MCO), automated breast planning, deformable registration and adaptive therapy, all on a single platform. The system's advanced Monte Carlo dose calculation engine balances high accuracy with speed, which is extremely important for complicated cases in proton therapy. Additionally, Loma Linda will be one of the first proton centers to test and implement artificial intelligence approaches to treatment planning.
Bryan Zook, Director of Business Operations in Radiation Medicine, James M. Slater, MD Proton Treatment and Research Center, says: "Late last year we initiated a competitive bid process to select a new treatment planning system to replace the system we've been developing in-house for over 20 years, long before commercially available treatment planning systems included proton beam therapy capabilities. We were very impressed with recent advancements made by all the vendors who participated, however, RayStation scored high on each of our stringent criteria. Beyond that, the RaySearch team demonstrated a level of dedication and commitment that rivals our in-house team's willingness to move mountains to achieve our ambitious goals for both proton and photon beam therapy."
Johan Löf, founder and CEO of RaySearch, says: "We are proud that another of the world's most prominent proton therapy centers has chosen RayStation. The James M. Slater, MD Proton Treatment and Research Center has treated more patients than any other proton therapy center in the world, and the center has over 20 years of experience in the field. We look forward to a successful journey together."